Today, Apple announced its new recycling program that would help add more sustainability to its annual iPhone hardware refreshes. However, when robotic hands are taking apart used iPhones, does that mean the child laborers in Chinese factories will be out of a job?
(Or, if not child labor, slave labor.)
Liam is a large-scale robot, with 29 freestanding robotic arms at various skill stations. But while most assembly-line robots help put together products you’ll one day hold in your hands, Liam is hard at work disassembling your ruined, returned iPhones.
“The thinking behind the concept is that Apple assembled the iPhone in the first place,” Mashable’s Samantha Murphy Kelly writes, “so who — in theory — is better fit to take it apart than the maker itself?”
Except iDevices aren’t made exclusively by robots – they’re put together under heavy security/slave labor conditions in secretive Chinese factories.
Anyway, Mashable put together a nice video about our new robot buddy (even though it fails to mention how many jobs deploying “Liam” will destroy):
(Ed note: yes, we know Apple doesn’t employ “children”-children, per se, but still. There’s a reason these beautiful hunks of shaped aluminum don’t cost three times as much.)
Created on a Mac.